Sustainable tourism a priority for Vietnamese officials

Sustainable tourism a priority for Vietnamese officials

Although tourism officials in Vietnam are keen to attract international visitors, some experts have expressed concerns about the importance of sustainability in the sector, reports Vietnam Net Bridge.

At a recent conference held in Hanoi, Dr. Ha Van Sieu, director of the Institute of Tourism Development and Research, warned attendees of the dangers of failing to implement sustainable tourism initiatives. Pollution and the exploitation of natural resources were among the threats identified during the conference.

Van Sieu’s concerns were echoed by Katherine Muller-Marin, a representative from UNESCO, who advised that, while tourism can bring prosperity to the region, initiatives should be developed to preserve important cultural heritage sites throughout the country.

Vietnam’s Tourism Association has begun several programs to prepare workers in the sector to adopt sustainability projects. Locals in Sa Pa, located in the northern Lao Cai province, will be trained through professional development initiatives designed to increase their knowledge of sustainable tourism projects.

International travel to Southeast Asia increased this year, according to data from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Countries throughout the region reported an increase in overseas visitors of approximately 8 percent from last year’s figures, although UNWTO officials predict a slight decrease in demand of between 2 and 4 percent next year.

Source / Fuente: netglobers.com

Author / Autor: netglobers.com

Date / Fecha: 05/11/12

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